Matthew 8:22 “But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus invited a man to follow Him, but the man refused, claiming he wanted to first bury his father.

How do dead people bury their own dead?
Jesus was talking about the spiritually dead. If someone is spiritually dead, he is alive physically but dead toward God in his soul. A person can be healthy physically but be spiritually dead.

If someone in Jesus’ day said he wanted to go bury his father it most likely meant that the man wanted to stay with his father until he died, which could take years.

It was just an excuse to avoid following Jesus.
How many different excuses do we hear every day for not following Jesus?


About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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